High-Protein Vegetarian Breakfasts to Power Your Day

Going meatless in the morning doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a filling meal. These stratas, frittatas, French toast bakes, and other vegetarian breakfast ideas are full of flavor and at least eight grams of filling protein.

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    Butternut Squash Shakshuka

    Go ahead, be cheesy! A three-ounce serving (what we call for here) has 12 grams of protein to accompany the six grams in each egg. Since this set-and-forget recipe is prepared in the slow cooker, you can toss the ingredients in before bed and still have time to sneak in a walk before breakfast.

    Protein: 15 grams

  • Buttermilk Bran Cakes with Apple-Walnut Topping 2 of 23

    Buttermilk Bran Cakes with Apple-Walnut Topping

    Believe it: Pancakes can be more than a carb fest. With low-fat yogurt, walnuts, and an egg in the mix, you won’t be scrounging for snacks an hour later after devouring a plate of this 30-minute recipe.

    Protein: 10 grams

  • Mexican Tomatillo-Poblano Eggs 3 of 23

    Mexican Tomatillo-Poblano Eggs

    Your slow cooker does nearly all the work to marry the flavors of this Mexican egg dish to spicy, savory perfection. Serve with corn tortillas or chips for maximum satisfaction by way of dunking.

    Protein: 13 grams

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    Vegetable-Cheese Strata

    Eggs, bread, veggies—this breakfast casserole is a mash-up of all of your favorite blue-plate-breakfast-special ingredients from the diner. Feel free to customize with any vegetables you have in the refrigerator (although we're partial to always including mushrooms for their meat-like qualities).

    Protein: 21 grams

  • Eggs in Spicy Cherry Tomato Marinara 5 of 23

    Eggs in Spicy Cherry Tomato Marinara

    Inspired by the skillet-based tomato and egg recipe called shakshuka, this Italian-seasoned egg dish comes together in your slow cooker. Boost the protein even more by stirring in a cup of beans or sprinkling with a handful of shredded cheese.

    Protein: 14 grams

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    Strawberries and Cream Waffle Sandwiches

    Cream cheese, roasted sunflower kernels, and whole grain bread (yes, it has protein, too!) are the three keys to this waffle sandwich's strong nutrition facts. For even more protein, try whipped ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese.

    Protein: 10 grams

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    Hearty Breakfast Tacos

    Black beans, hash browns, and plenty of scrambled eggs help these corn tacos earn their "hearty" badge. For an extra gram of protein per serving, use six whole eggs instead of four eggs and two whites for these breakfast tacos.

    Protein: 14 grams

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    Peanut Butter and Fruit Quinoa

    Appetite-squashing breakfast hack: Trade oatmeal for quinoa and you’ll score twice as much protein. Stir in a bit of peanut butter and jelly, and top with a spoonful of peanuts for a fast and filling meal.

    Protein: 10 grams

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    Avocado-Egg Breakfast Sandwich

    You're only 10 minutes away from this vegetarian breakfast sandwich. Simply spread mustard on toasted whole wheat bread, then top with mashed avocado, steamed asparagus, and a hard-boiled egg. 

    Protein: 12 grams

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    Mocha-Almond Smoothies

    Beyond protein-rich ingredients like Greek yogurt and nut butter, this chocolate smoothie recipe is hiding an impressive—and unrecognizable to picky eaters—blend of fruits and vegetables. A bit of rutabaga, eggplant, and banana are all hiding inside each glass.

    Protein: 9 grams

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    Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

    Skip the drive-through muffins and wrap up one of these veggie-topped egg and feta flatbreads. A batch of four takes just 20 minutes to prepare!

    Protein: 13 grams

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    Chile-Quinoa Breakfast Burritos

    Craving Mexican? Try these substantial egg, cheese, and quinoa wraps that get the south-of-the-border treatment by way of salsa, diced chiles, and cilantro.

    Protein: 17 grams

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    Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast

    For a morning when you just need to indulge, try this mascarpone-stuffed French toast. Instead of maple syrup, each stack is served with a salted caramel-banana sauce. 

    Protein: 24 grams

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    Rice and Bean Frittata

    Eggs, beans, and cheese are a triple threat when it comes to a high-protein breakfast. Zucchini and rice add extra heartiness, while tomatoes and parsley keep it fresh. 

    Protein: 26 grams

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    Birdie in the Basket

    This easy breakfast is as cute as its name. Muffin cups are filled with hash browns, eggs, and cheese, then topped with pesto and tomato.  

    Protein: 9 grams

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    Eggnog French Toast Bread Pudding

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with this totally modern monkey bread recipe that starts with challah or Hawaiian bread and then gets spiked with eggnog (the latter offers 12 grams of protein per cup). In true French toast style, top with a healthy drizzle of maple syrup.

    Protein: 11 grams

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    Oatmeal with Sunny-Side Up Eggs, Avocado, Cheddar, and Chives

    Oatmeal gets a savory makeover when it's paired with nutrient-rich eggs and avocado. Fresh chives and Gruyere cheese boost the dish's flavor profile. 

    Protein: 21 grams

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    Best-Ever Donuts

    Forget about waking up early to stand in line at the bakery. Whip up a batch of cinnamon-sugar-dusted homemade donuts instead.

    Protein: 11 grams

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    Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble

    With two eggs and half a sweet potato allotted for each person, this breakfast skillet is way more satisfying and healthful than a bowl of granola. For heartier appetites, toss in a few more seasonal veggies, add a slice of whole wheat toast, or serve stuffed inside a whole wheat pita.

    Protein: 15 grams

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    Huachibolas (Jam and Cream Cheese Rolls)

    Eat-on-the-go breakfasts are usually high in carbs but low in protein. Switch it up with Huachibolas—a Mexican breakfast bread filled with cream cheese and jam. Cut down on morning prep time by mixing the dough the night before. 

    Protein: 10 grams

  • Breakfast Pita Pizzas 21 of 23

    Breakfast Pita Pizzas

    Tofu for the win! Here it's crumbled and seasoned with garlic and infused with flavor from aromatic veggies. Since these breakfast pizzas use the soy protein instead of eggs, you can easily saute up the toppings and reheat in mere minutes come morning (without any rubbery results).

    Protein: 15 grams

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    Greek Yogurt and Cornflakes Tart

    Eat dessert first! Greek yogurt and plenty of citrus fruit make this tart recipe well-balanced enough to count for breakfast.

    Protein: 10 grams

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